Category: External News

'It's great to be appreciated': Meet the volunteers and staff behind Beef Australia

More than 800 volunteers, staff and contractors have put in thousands of hours of work to ensure Beef Australia 2021 went off without a hitch. They say closing the gates on the final day will be bittersweet. Source: ABC Livestock ‘It’s great to be appreciated’: Meet the volunteers and staff behind Beef Australia

No letup in Wodonga prices as supply swells + VIDEO

All classes of restocker cattle were again in high demand at Victoria’s NVLX Wodonga saleyards on Thursday when a larger than normal yarding of 2626 was penned. Source: Beef Central No letup in Wodonga prices as supply swells + VIDEO

Beef 2021: Farm Babe fires hope for proactive communication

An Iowa farmer who took Burger King to task over its portrayal of beef has urged the Australian industry to amplify its own voice in a proactive way to counter public misconceptions about red meat. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Farm Babe fires hope for proactive communication

Green energy fuels high price for Aussie canola

Growers across New South Wales hope to cash in on high canola prices driven up by a worldwide shift to biofuels. Source: ABC Grain Green energy fuels high price for Aussie canola

BEEF 2021: Arcadian steps into carbon-credit aggregation

Arcadian has branched into aggregating carbon credits on behalf of Australian grassfed beef producers, including some from its base of 80 organic suppliers. Source: Beef Central BEEF 2021: Arcadian steps into carbon-credit aggregation

Dalby sale 5 May 2021: Heavy rain falls on 3139 head yarding

All the regular export processors were present and operating along with the usual feeder buyers and local and interstate restockers who were very active in the market. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 5 May 2021: Heavy rain falls on 3139 head yarding

Beefbank and Agforce join forces to create national charity herd

BeefBank has announced the formation of the national charity herd as a means to sustain the supply of beef cattle for charitable purposes. Source: Beef Central Beefbank and Agforce join forces to create national charity herd

Beef 2021: Black Box Company wins Pitch in Paddock crown

A system which turns the huge amount of data collected by beef producers and turns it into something they can act on has won Beef 2021’s entrepreneur award. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Black Box Company wins Pitch in Paddock crown

Farmers rebuilding after 2019 drought

Cattle prices are strong despite disaster recovery and trade tensions with China. Toby Jurss-Lewis reports. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Farmers rebuilding after 2019 drought

Blondes have more fun, in record-setting National Beef Carcase Competition 

Cattle carrying the magic combination of superior weight-for-age, meat quality and carcase yield dominated results in the National Beef Carcase Competition – results from which were announced at a glittering dinner at Beef 2021 last night. Source: Beef Central Blondes have more fun, in record-setting National Beef Carcase Competition 

Grassland society appoints new chief executive officer

SOUTH Australian farmer Paris Bell has been appointed as the Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s new executive officer, its first for many years. Source: Sheep Central Grassland society appoints new chief executive officer

Sheep Producers Australia welcomes $371m biosecurity boost

SHEEP Producers Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s pledge of $370 million for biosecurity funding, in the lead up to the Federal Budget. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia welcomes 1m biosecurity boost

Cluster fencing funding helps double Queensland sheep flock

CLUSTER fencing funding has helped double Queensland’s sheep numbers in the past five year, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this week. Source: Sheep Central Cluster fencing funding helps double Queensland sheep flock

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook 5 May 2021

RAINFALL was observed around most of the coast line of Australia this week, except in the north-west and South Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook 5 May 2021

Ability to alter beef operations is key to resilience

QUEENSLAND graziers who can alter their beef cattle operations to cope with challenging seasons – even by adding sheep and goats – are more likely to maintain profitability and survive drought. Source: Sheep Central Ability to alter beef operations is key to resilience

Australian farmland values: it’s the time of the neighbour

AUSTRALIAN farm land prices are expected to continue to rise in the current low interest rate-high commodity price environment, according to industry analysts. Source: Sheep Central Australian farmland values: it’s the time of the neighbour

Shock collars can 'knock dogs off their feet'. Should they be banned?

A North Queensland puppy preschool worker says she’s seen the devices become embedded in dogs’ necks and a vet has described them as “inexcusably cruel”. So is it time Queensland outlawed shock collars? Source: ABC Livestock Shock collars can ‘knock dogs off their feet’. Should they be banned?

Beef 2021: Compounding the genetic opportunities in production

Investing in genetics is often described as a long term investment.  As with any investment there is a period where this investment has to not only provide a short term return, but ideally offers long term improvements.  This was one of the key themes to emerge from the MLA DNA to Dollars forum this week… Read more »

Coles locks-in Teys Beenleigh and more dedicated producers to supply chain

National supermarket retailer Coles has further broadened its supply and processing base out of Queensland, establishing a multi-year agreement to process livestock at Teys Australia’s Beenleigh plant in southern Queensland, underpinning the supply of beef for Coles customers across the country. From July, Teys Beenleigh will process around 2500 head per week for the national… Read more »

Weekly property review: Are producers re-valuing northern forest country?

Good quality forest breeding country in Queensland’s north and north west is in high demand, and calculating buyers are doing their sums to determine what they can pay for it. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: Are producers re-valuing northern forest country?

Beef 2021: Building trust an issue for all Australian producers – Whittle

All cattle producers large and small need to demonstrate they are engaged and working as an industry to address issues that have led to declining consumer trust in the industry, Macquarie’s Jock Whittle told a Beef 2021 breakfast this morning. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Building trust an issue for all Australian producers –… Read more »

BEEF 2021: Research, experiences light path through drought  

Producers who can alter their beef-cattle operations to cope with challenging seasons are more likely to maintain profitability and survive drought. Visitors to Beef 2021 heard about some ways to achieve both goals in this week’s Improving profitability and resilience of grazing businesses session. Source: Beef Central BEEF 2021: Research, experiences light path through… Read more »

Episode 8: Saving the world with seaweed

The prospects for methane reduction from seaweed additives in stockfeed surfaced at a number of seminars held during Beef 2021 this week. In this Beef 2021 special episode of The Weekly Grill from Rockhampton, host Kerry Lonergan talks with one of the presenters, Dr Rob Kinley from Futurefeed, the company charged with commercialising the aspargopisis… Read more »

Pickers roll through 2.7-million-bale cotton crop

Cotton Australia has nudged up its estimate for this season’s cotton production to “2.7 million bales and rising” as pickers move through crops from Central Queensland to southern NSW. Source: Grain Central Pickers roll through 2.7-million-bale cotton crop

Beef 2021: ‘The most powerful thing I can do is offer full transparency’ 

Adam and Jacynta Coffey are young cattle producers who are building their own cattle business from the ground up, using management principles that prioritise pasture diversity, long periods of pasture rest and grass budgeting to guide restocking and destocking decisions. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: ‘The most powerful thing I can do is offer… Read more »

Stepping it up on sustainability for the beef industry

Worth more than $20 billion, there’s no question the beef industry is big business in Australia, but can it also be a sustainable one? Source: ABC Livestock Stepping it up on sustainability for the beef industry

Beef 2021: Beef industry must align against powerful attacks

Independent surgeon cuts through vegan propaganda: The sense that red meat industry is under attack from powerful and aligned forces, and urgently needs to better align its own resources and “get off the back foot”, has been a central and recurring theme at seminars at Beef 2021. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Beef industry… Read more »

Red meat industry urges people to get more ‘facts’ in their diet

Red Meat, Green Facts, a ‘fast-facts’ resource to promote the red meat industry’s credentials and empower Australia’s red meat advocates, has been launched this morning at Beef 2021. Source: Beef Central Red meat industry urges people to get more ‘facts’ in their diet

Beef 2021: Qld Brahman identity named 2021 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador

Third-generation Brahman breeder Ryan Olive has been recognised as a trailblazer in the beef industry being named 2021 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador at Beef Australia. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Qld Brahman identity named 2021 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador

Beef 2021: Cattle Council welcomes biosecurity boost

Cattle Council of Australia has welcomed a $371 million boost to the Australian biosecurity system, which was announced by the Morrison Government today. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Cattle Council welcomes biosecurity boost

Family-scale farm enterprises in great shape for the future, ANZ report says

The reinvigorated family cattle farm sector is growing in strength as a vital part of Australia’s booming cattle industry. That’s one of the findings of a new report on Australia’s beef and cattle industry, discussed this morning by banker ANZ at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton. Source: Beef Central Family-scale farm enterprises in great shape… Read more »

Beef 2021: High price costs Australia Chinese market share

Trade tensions aside, Australia has lost beef market share in China, and is unlikely to regain it while its beef prices remain high, according to RaboResearch China animal proteins analyst Chenjun Pan, delivering a presentation via Zoom this morning to an audience at Beef 2021. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: High price costs Australia… Read more »

Despite challenges, beef industry heading in the right direction on sustainability, annual report shows

Among a host of important milestones recorded in the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework’s latest annual update released at Beef 2021 this morning, an estimated 30pc of producers now use pain relief for routine, necessary husbandry practices – a 42pc rise in adoption from the 21pc recorded last year Source: Beef Central Despite challenges, beef… Read more »

Led steers, prime cattle entries showcase the opportunities for Australian cattle

Beef Central’s genetics columnist Al Rayner is in Rockhampton for Beef 2021 this week. Here is the first of a series reports on the key genetics messages he is picking up from the event’s vast seminars and competitions program. Source: Beef Central Led steers, prime cattle entries showcase the opportunities for Australian cattle

Beef 2021: Smartening-up meat traceability

Central Queensland University has been awarded a $200,101 traceability grant to improve meat traceability through the existing National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Smartening-up meat traceability

PM announces $370m biosecurity boost at Beef Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison uses a trip to Beef Australia 2021 to announce biosecurity funding ahead of the Budget. Source: ABC Livestock PM announces 0m biosecurity boost at Beef Australia

AWI launches new mobile phone app for wool growers

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has launched a new mobile phone app for growers and anyone interested in the industry. Source: Sheep Central AWI launches new mobile phone app for wool growers

More than 1100 bales of wool sold online

WOOL sales boomed on the AuctionsPlus online offer board last week as physical auctions also experienced increased demand.   Source: Sheep Central More than 1100 bales of wool sold online

How to maintain grazing profits as the climate changes

THE story behind a single $6.2 million cattle trade involving 2508 Angus heifers completed earlier this year helps to illustrate why Nigel and Kate Kerin changed their grazing strategy just over a decade ago. Source: Sheep Central How to maintain grazing profits as the climate changes

Seasonal uncertainty mutes online sheep and lamb demand

AUCTIONSPLUS reported the online market for sheep and lambs as mostly softer last week despite a contraction in supplies, as producers in some areas took stock of the season. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal uncertainty mutes online sheep and lamb demand

AWGA launches Merino wool consumer campaign in US and UK

AUSTRALIAN wool growers have launched an international online and print media business to consumer awareness campaign for Merino wool, aiming specifically at American and United Kingdom retail customers. Source: Sheep Central AWGA launches Merino wool consumer campaign in US and UK

Beef 2021: Clearing the air on cattle emissions

If an omnivore decided to go vegan for one year, the science shows that would reduce that person’s carbon footprint by 0.8 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Is that a lot? Not when you consider a single flight per passenger from the US to Europe would amount to 1.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, US air… Read more »

What's happening at Beef Australia 2021

Follow our coverage of  Beef Australia 2021 — one of the world’s great beef cattle events, held every three years in Rockhampton in Queensland. Source: ABC Livestock What’s happening at Beef Australia 2021

Launching our new board game – The Great Aussie Cattle Quiz

If you keep up with Beef Central’s monthly beef quiz, we hope you’ll enjoy our new board game which we’re releasing for the first time at our stand at Beef 2021 today. Source: Beef Central Launching our new board game – The Great Aussie Cattle Quiz

Chris Howie’s market wrap: Grass contracts offer good rates

With current price levels it is very easy to become blasé about the price being offered, but do yourself a favour and always look at what the return will be on a dollars per head average, not just the cents per kilo being offered, Chris Howie writes in this month’s wrap of market trends and… Read more »

Epicurious – eating less beef won’t save the planet + VIDEO

ONE of the world’s largest recipe websites has cooked up a plan to save the planet, but in culling beef from its list of ingredients all it is serving up to its readers is a bum steer. Source: Beef Central Epicurious – eating less beef won’t save the planet + VIDEO

Big trade helps NSW producer bounce back after drought

A single cattle trade involving the purchase of 2508 Angus heifers completed earlier this year has helped a NSW farming family to get back to where they started financially before at the beginning of a two and a half year drought. Source: Beef Central Big trade helps NSW producer bounce back after drought

Two weeks and more than 2,000kms later, Sarah Truran's cows finally arrive at the beef farmer's unmissable event of the year

Rockhampton’s Beef 2021 is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest beef event and many farmers, like Sarah Truran, embark on massive journeys just to get there. They say it’s always worth it though. Source: ABC Livestock Two weeks and more than 2,000kms later, Sarah Truran’s cows finally arrive at the beef farmer’s unmissable event of the… Read more »

Local cattle producers offered share deal in Kimberley Meat Co operations

Australia’s most remote beef processing operation in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, is in discussion with local cattle producers over a shareholding option on its future slaughter operations, after deciding not to open the plant during the 2021 season. Source: Beef Central Local cattle producers offered share deal in Kimberley Meat Co operations

Northern WA's only abattoir will not re-open this year

Pastoralists say they are “disappointed” but “not surprised” by the temporary closure of the only abattoir in the north of the state, as record-high cattle prices continue to put pressure on processors across the country. Source: ABC Livestock Northern WA’s only abattoir will not re-open this year

Desert cattle trucked 3,000km to new home near Dubbo

From the NT’s Tanami Desert all the way to Central West NSW — it’s been a big week of trucking cattle from Suplejack Station in a deal worth nearly $400,000. Source: ABC Livestock Desert cattle trucked 3,000km to new home near Dubbo

New sheds have NT live export trade covered

One and a half metres of rain over three months during the 2020-21 wet season provided the first true test for two Ridgeback sheds built to cover the Berrimah pre-export quarantine facility in Darwin three years ago. Source: Beef Central New sheds have NT live export trade covered

Key to zero-carbon beef in feedlot, not paddock, says scientist

A research scientist says beef from intensive feedlots produces up to 20 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than grass-fed cattle. Source: ABC Livestock Key to zero-carbon beef in feedlot, not paddock, says scientist

Recruitment: Unleashing the power of mentoring in the workplace

Mentoring is not just a critical tool for diversifying demographics in meat and livestock industry workplaces; it can also be a fast-track for up-skilling the entire workforce. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Unleashing the power of mentoring in the workplace

Meet Beef Central’s team at Beef 2021

Beef Central will have its largest ever team on site at Beef 2021 in Rockhampton next week as we strive to keep our readers across Australia and around the world  up to date with all of the news, developments and important stories as they unfold at Australia’s biggest beef industry event. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Building a highly profitable grazing business around climate change

The story behind a single $6.2 million cattle trade involving 2508 Angus heifers completed earlier this year helps to illustrate why Nigel and Kate Kerin changed their grazing strategy just over a decade ago. Source: Beef Central Building a highly profitable grazing business around climate change

Growing interest in forward wool marketing into 2022

IT was an interesting week on the forward and the spot auction wool markets this week as prices lifted at auctions in Australia. Source: Sheep Central Growing interest in forward wool marketing into 2022

UNE wool scholarship has worked for Amelia

LIVESTOCK Collective events co-ordinator Amelia Nolan credits the University of New England’s Australian Wool Education Trust scholarship with expanding her industry network and improving her employability. Source: Sheep Central UNE wool scholarship has worked for Amelia

Wool price benchmark posts largest rise since February

INCREASED Chinese demand for Merino wool for the knitting trade has helped drive the Australian wool market higher this week. Source: Sheep Central Wool price benchmark posts largest rise since February

‘Meat’ brand not for plant-based proteins – RMAC chair

AUSTRALIAN red meat industry leader John McKillop has made a call to arms over the ‘dishonest’ branding of plant-based proteins with descriptive ‘meat’ labelling. Source: Sheep Central ‘Meat’ brand not for plant-based proteins – RMAC chair

Australian wool production forecast to increase into 2022

AUSTRALIA’S 2020-21 wool production forecast has been revised upward to 290 millions kilograms, although the number of sheep shorn is forecast to fall by 4.5 percent to 65.5 million. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool production forecast to increase into 2022

Unlocking the lotfeeding potential of northern Australia

Ahead of Beef Australia 2021 next week, the outgoing Young Ambassador for the Australian beef industry remains excited by the industry’s potential growth. Source: Beef Central Unlocking the lotfeeding potential of northern Australia

Recruitment: Unleashing the power of mentoring in the workplace

Mentoring is a great way to progress a person’s professional and personal development, and help create a more productive business. Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Unleashing the power of mentoring in the workplace

Cattle slaughter projected to hit lowest level in 36 years

A major reduction in slaughter volumes on the back of significant rainfall in northern Australia over summer has fuelled the prospect of the national cattle herd rebuild intensifying, MLA’s April quarterly update to the 2021 Cattle Industry Projections says. The forecast cattle slaughter for this year of 6.4 million head – the lowest in 36… Read more »

Farmers should make hay while the sun shines: ANZ

Farmers will need to balance their strategies as commodities such as wheat are likely to see a gradual decline in prices over the coming years as they return to ‘normal’ levels. Source: Grain Central Farmers should make hay while the sun shines: ANZ

Fledgling farmers find Muscovy breeding no waddle in the park

Breeding livestock can be tricky at the best of times, but when you’re a first-time farmer and you choose a breed that’s known to be fickle, you’re really escalating the challenge.  Source: ABC Livestock Fledgling farmers find Muscovy breeding no waddle in the park

Bride gets in the mud to deliver stuck calf on wedding night

A cow named Drama was overdue on Jessa’s wedding day, so when the bride heard she was having some trouble delivering her calf she had to intervene. Source: ABC Livestock Bride gets in the mud to deliver stuck calf on wedding night

Grain fed beef sector launches grassroots campaign

The Australian grainfed beef sector is about to launch a new platform to showcase the quality attributes of grainfed beef production in Australia, allowing the sector to tell its authentic story on how its members nourish cattle, land and communities. Source: Beef Central Grain fed beef sector launches grassroots campaign

Back-to-back Wagyu branded beef wins for rapidly expanding Stone Axe supply chain

Back-to-back grand championship titles in the Australian Wagyu Association’s annual branded beef competition have cemented Western Australian-based Stone Axe Pastoral as one of the emerging supply chain powerhouses in the Wagyu beef industry. Source: Beef Central Back-to-back Wagyu branded beef wins for rapidly expanding Stone Axe supply chain

Dalby sale 21 April 2021: Quality mixed in 3723 head yarding

A full panel of export processors was present and operating, plus the usual feeder and trade buyers. However restocker presents and activity was not as strong as the previous week. Light weight yearling steers returning to the paddock were noticeably cheaper. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 21 April 2021: Quality mixed in 3723 head… Read more »

Major forum to bring together agrifood innovators

Toowoomba will host a major agrifood innovation forum in June, which will help drive the adoption of AgTech. Source: Beef Central Major forum to bring together agrifood innovators

Opinion: Our brand is our Industry

There should be no free ride for manufactured plant-based protein products trying to piggyback off the reputation of Aussie red meat, writes Red Meat Advisory Council chair John McKillop. Source: Beef Central Opinion: Our brand is our Industry

Riordan Grain celebrates bulk export milestone of 1Mt

RIORDAN Grain Services yesterday loaded its one millionth tonne of export grain, a milestone that has coincided with the company’s 25th year of operation. The volume milestone has been achieved… Source: Grain Central Riordan Grain celebrates bulk export milestone of 1Mt

Beer drives demand as barley malthouse reopens in Adelaide

Boortmalt will reopen the Cavan malthouse in Adelaide to meet the growing demand for brewing and distilling malts in the Asia Pacific region. Source: ABC Grain Beer drives demand as barley malthouse reopens in Adelaide

Episode 7: Sydney retail butcher Stephen Kelly, head of Sutcliffe Meats

In this week’s episode, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on the domestic retail beef market, in a probing discussion on consumer issues, beef branding and the post-COVID retail environment with successful Sydney butcher Stephen Kelly, head of the Sutcliffe Meats chain of 10 retail outlets. Source: Beef Central Episode 7: Sydney retail… Read more »

Dairy farmers welcome Labor vow to give them a champion

NSW Labor has committed to establishing a dairy and fresh food commissioner to provide an independent voice for the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers welcome Labor vow to give them a champion

MLA campaign generates more lamb and beef moments for US

REPEAT purchases of Australian lamb and beef have been achieved by a multi-channel digital campaign by Meat & Livestock Australia in the United States of America. Source: Sheep Central MLA campaign generates more lamb and beef moments for US